AskDefine | Define technocracy

Dictionary Definition

technocracy n : a form of government in which scientists and technical experts are in control

User Contributed Dictionary





  1. A system of governance where people who are skilled or proficient in their respective areas of expertise govern. From the Greek words ”technos”, meaning skill and "cracy" ”rule of” or ”power”. A type of meritocracy based on people's ability and knowledge in a given area.


Extensive Definition

Technocracy ("techno" from the Greek tekhne for skill, "cracy" from the Greek kratos for "power") may refer to:

Political terms

  • Technocracy (bureaucratic), a governmental or organizational system where decision makers are selected based upon how highly skilled and qualified they are, rather than how much political capital they hold. A form of government in which scientists and technical experts are in control; "technocracy is described as that society in which those who govern justify themselves by appeal to technical experts who justify themselves by appeal to scientific forms of knowledge"


  • Technocracy Incorporated, North American organisation which began its research as the Technical Alliance in 1918, which advocates the Technate design for North America.
  • Groupe X-Crise, a French technocrat movement in the 1930s and 40s.

In culture

technocracy in Arabic: تكنوقراط
technocracy in Spanish: Tecnocracia
technocracy in French: Technocratie
technocracy in Polish: Technokracja
technocracy in Romanian: Tehnocraţie (dezambiguizare)
technocracy in Serbian: Технократија
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